Town of Windham. (Petersen Collection)

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    Title: Town of Windham

    Publisher: [S.l. : s.n., 185-?]
    Scale: ca. 1:32,000
    1 map; 39 x 37 cm.
    Notes: Shows magisterial districts and residences. Includes inset maps of South Windham and Windham villages and business directory of Windham. Photocopy, negative. Petersen Collection. The Petersen Collection at the Homer Babbidge Library is comprised of negative photostats of maps of New England villages from a variety of atlases. The specific provenance of the map is not known. The image was inverted from its negative state to a positive image. Reproduced from the negative photostat at the Map and Geographic Information Center, Homer Babbidge Library, University of Connecticut.

    1. KacelaJ 65 months ago | reply

      I'd date this map AFTER 1859 - probably very close to that date, however; This is based on similar maps of neighboring towns of Columbia, Andover and Coventry, the earliest of which is dated 1857. I say probably after 1859, because this map shows the Willimantic Camp Meeting Grounds, which wasn't officially 'founded' until September, 1860. There are however, some references that indicate that "camp meetings" were held in Willimantic in 1859...

    2. wkotrba 30 months ago | reply

      Over the years I have noted 3 specific dates on these old town and county maps. The small atlas size maps were either 1856 or 1869. I believe the version pictured is from 1869.The 2 atlas publishers of that time period were, O.W. Gray, and F.W.Beers,one from New York and the other from NewYork City. The 1855 maps were the large school variety,measuring approx. 36"x36",mounted on large wooden rods. They were made of a gauze type cloth to which was glued the paper map. Most of these large sized examples I have examined over the years have been in a very deteriorated state. The paper became brittle and peeled off of the cloth backing. There was a very interesting article in the American Heritage magazine many years ago relating how these Town histories, and related maps were a "con job" of the period. The extent of your biography was regulated by just how much you were willing to pay If you were a big blowhard with full pockets they would print your biography so that you appeared to be royalty. Those who paid less had distinctly shorter less flowery articles . While those who refused to buy a place in the book were not listed. I believe these town and county histories ,were meant to be used together,alongside the maps.

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